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Matteo Ugolini’s Whimsical Lighting

Matteo Ugolini’s Whimsical Lighting

By Saxon Henry Everyone who sees Matteo Ugolini’s creations understands there is a special brilliance behind the designs he conceives and executes. What has always struck me as I look over his oeuvre for the Italian brand Karman is the whimsy that infuses his work, which is evident in his use of animals in his [...]

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A Film on Thomas Sayre, Earthcaster

Earthcasting, he calls it. Raleigh, N.C.-based sculptor Thomas Sayre creates large-scale works of art by digging into the earth and pouring in concrete, then extracting a resonant form for display in rural or urban settings. “It’s an interaction between humans and machines and engineering and willpower and what lives in the earth itself,” he says. [...]

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Paul Clemence at Biennale, Art Basel

Paul Clemence at Biennale, Art Basel

A 2015 trip to Sao Paolo by architectural photographer Paul Clemence first inspired a 2016 photography exhibition at the Venice Biennale – and then another at a symposium at Art Basel in Switzerland. Clemence traveled to Sao Paolo last summer to explore the work of Ruy Ohtake, a second-generation Japanese architect who’s almost a household [...]

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A Second Career in Art and Sculpture

A Second Career in Art and Sculpture

Thirty years on Wall Street was enough for Joe Gitterman. Besides, he’d been secretly pursuing his passion for sculpture on nights and weekends, and he was ready to give it a public go. So in 2011, he placed one of his pieces in an artists’ association show And bingo! “A local gallery owner saw it [...]

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A Winning Design for the National Mall

A Winning Design for the National Mall

Three years ago, we posted this project – one of our all-time landscape design favorites –  for the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It’s by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, and it’s still awaiting a green light from the Architect of the Capitol, who clearly has a full agenda at this time. Still, to see this project [...]

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A Renovation for a Marin County Barn

A Renovation for a Marin County Barn

A frozen pipe and a flood of water has spurred an innovative renovation to an early 20th-century barn in Marin County, Calif. “There was a deep freeze and the pipes burst,” says architect Heidi Richardson. “That doesn’t happen much in South Marin County.” The barn was built as a stable for horses, with a caretaker’s [...]

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100 Designs for the Modern World

100 Designs for the Modern World

George Kravis bought his first object of industrial design – an RCA 45 rpm record-changer – in 1949. He never looked back. In fact, he moved far forward, collecting more than 3,500 items that he now houses in a leased, climate-controlled, former Blue Cross/Blue Shield office building in Tulsa, Okla. The Kravis Design Center is [...]

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In Durham, the New JB Duke Hotel

In Durham, the New JB Duke Hotel

Durham is on a roll – with five new hotels in just the past two years. First came 21c, then the Durham, then Aloft, followed by a Residence Inn. Now comes JB Duke, adjacent to the Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, consistently named best in the nation by Bloomberg and Business Week. JB Duke [...]

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Twenty over Eighty: Living for Design

Twenty over Eighty: Living for Design

Here we have a story, as they say in the news business, with legs. And long ones, at that. Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith have interviewed 20 of the greats in 20th-century design for their new book that covers the waterfront – from graphic design to architecture to advertising to furniture. They spoke with Seymour [...]

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Now: Art and Architecture in Cinema

They’ve saved the best for last. Tonight, there’s “Monet to Matisse – Painting the Modern Garden.” On Thursday, June 16, there’s “Teatro Alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders,” about Milan’s 237-year-old opera house. And on Thursday, July 14, there’s “The Papal Basilicas of Rome.” They’re all films, and they’re all shown in theaters across the [...]

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